Burden of nursing activities during hemodynamic monitoring of heart failure patients

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  • Background: Concerns remain about the burden of nursing care required to implement pulmonary artery pressure monitoring of heart failure patients. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients (N = 15) with a PAP sensor at our center. We defined three categories of PAP activity and estimated the nursing time spent on PAP monitoring. Results: During the 6 months after implantation, the median patient contact time was 67 (55–75) minutes/patient/month and the median frequency of patient contact was 5.8 (4.6–6.4) contacts/patient/month. The intensity of nurse-patient contact decreased after the first 3 months (81 [52–102] minutes/patient/month vs. 45 [29–61] minutes/patient/month; P = 0.005). Conclusions: The intensity of nurse-patient contact increased significantly after PAP sensor implantation but declined after the first 3 months with medical stabilization. These data from our center may serve as a benchmark to project the nursing time required to support PAP monitoring in practice.
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  • Buckley LF; Cooper IM; Navarro-Velez K; Shea EL; Joly JM; Mehra MR; Stevenson LW; Desai AS
  • Start Page

  • 304
  • End Page

  • 307
  • Volume

  • 47
  • Issue

  • 4